for starters check out this site for cheap decorating ideas... I absolutely love this site, and used it to help plan my DD's first b-day party.
Secondly, I would try to rent ONE place and call in another JP. (cheaper that way)... and find a place that you can bring your own food into (some rental places insist that they cater). That way you can have people bring a plate to pass and save money that way. create a playlist of songs on your pc and bring it to the reception, and have a relative control it during things like "first dance" etc. but you can leave it playing during other times when you don't really need a DJ. For more Ideas pm me.
at 11:40 AM on Jan. 29, 2009